Omar al-Bashir trial: Sudan’s ex-president ‘got millions from Saudis’

Hentet fra  BBC News 19. august 2019.

A detective has told a court in Sudan that former President Omar al-Bashir admitted to receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia.

Omar al-Bashir appeared in court in a cage on Monday.

Mr Bashir appeared in court on Monday to face corruption charges, which his lawyers say are baseless.

He was ousted in April after months of protests, bringing an end to his nearly 30 years in power.

In June, prosecutors said a large hoard of foreign currency had been found in grain sacks at his home.

On Sunday, pro-democracy activists and the country’s military leaders, who had removed Mr Bashir, signed a deal paving the way for elections.

The former president, dressed in white robes and a turban, appeared behind a cage. He made no comment on the allegations, Reuters news agency reports.

He spoke to confirm his name and laughed when asked about where he was living, Reuters adds. He replied: «Formerly the airport district at army headquarters but now Kobar prison.»

Police investigator Ahmed Ali Mohamed told the court that Mr Bashir admitted to receiving $25m (£21m) from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

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Image caption Mr Bashir greeted relatives and supporters in court

He also said the 75-year-old former president got other money from Saudi Arabia.

Reuters quotes Mr Bashir’s lawyer Ahmed Ibrahim as saying that «there is no information or evidence with regards to the accusations of illicit gains aimed at Bashir».

What are the corruption charges?

Mr Bashir faces charges related to «possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally».

In April, Sudan’s military ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said more than $113m (£93m) worth of cash in Sudanese pounds and foreign currency had been seized from Mr Bashir’s home.

The ousted leader had been due in court in July – but the trial was postponed for security reasons.

What other charges does Mr Bashir face in Sudan?

In May, Sudan’s public prosecutor charged Mr Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

The charges stem from an inquiry into the death of a doctor killed during protests that led to the end of Mr Bashir’s rule in April.

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Image caption There have been protests on the streets of Sudan for months

The doctor had been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum, when police fired tear gas into the building.

A witness told the BBC that the doctor had walked out with his hands in the air, told the police he was a doctor and was instantly shot.

What about the transition to democracy?

Mr Bashir’s trial will be seen as a test of whether the new authorities are able to deal with the alleged crimes of the previous regime.

On Saturday, Sudan’s ruling military council, which took over after Mr Bashir’s ousting, and a civilian opposition alliance signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

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Media captionMohamed Hamdan «Hemeti» Dagolo promises to abide by the landmark deal

The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule.

Mohamed Hamdan «Hemeti» Dagolo, widely regarded as Sudan’s most powerful man, has pledged to abide by its terms.

The members of the new sovereign council were supposed to be sworn in on Monday, but the ceremony has been postponed after a request from pro-democracy activists, the Reuters news agency quotes a military spokesman as saying.



One comment to “Omar al-Bashir trial: Sudan’s ex-president ‘got millions from Saudis’”
  1. Bashir, Hemiti and Borhan must be sending them to the ICC including more than 52 indicted from the military officers, intelligence and the leaders of the tribal malitias which committed a genocide in DARFUR. in addtion to 240 govenment officials must be sending them to the national courts after reforming sudanese judiciariy system under the civil government we expected to establish soon.
    Bashirs ongoing court is phoney and simulated in sake of acquittal or whitewash him.

    To things are the most challenging conftonting the the transtional government which is composite of – civilian and military ( civmilitary- government) to transfoming Sudans into a democratic state.
    1- Reforming and restructuring the military and other official regular forces in the country – dissolves the informal militias
    2- Decentralization the governoment.

    War and peace issues are still a big challenging, the real change proccess in Sudan will start in the first 6 months of the interm- period. The agrement is very fargile without goodwill will never end into the revolutions goals.


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